Author: alister

Hire quickly: Addendum, recruiters

Recruiters: Here’s the rules. The first recruiter to tell me the company name, and then send the job-spec gets to forward my details – if I think it’s interesting. No company name, or spec, no chance If you send my

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Hire quickly, because your competitors will.

If you aren’t taking hiring seriously – other people can, and do hire the people you need. I’ve been guilty of it before – leaving it a couple of days – or even a week before getting back to someone

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Jailbreaking your Kindle, and putting new ‘screensaver’ images

Non functional demo unit

A quick fun post for those of you with an Amazon Kindle – some instructions on how to a) jailbreak your reader (trivially easy), and then b) put your own wallpapers on there, so you get a more interesting ‘screensaver’.

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Booze at tech meetups

I was out last night at the The Big Xmas [bash] #, near Silicon Roundabout. It was a fun night out meeting various people, tech, business and recruiters. Oh, the shame though – I was wearing the same T-shirt as

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Deployment with Capistrano – the Gotchas

Capistrano, makes deployment of code easy. If you need to do a number of additional steps as well, then the fact that they can be scripted and run automatically is a huge win. If you’ve only got a single machine

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Back from the coalface

I’ve been pretty busy in the last couple of years, first at Binweevils and in 2011, PeerIndex – hence the utter lack of posts, but as the note on my personal CV site says, I’m taking some time off between

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Doing the work elsewhere – Adding a job to the queue

I’ve previously shown you why you may want to put some tasks through a queuing system, what sort of jobs you could define, plus how to keep a worker process running for as long as you would like (but still

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Doing the work elsewhere – Sidebar – running the worker

I’m taking a slight diversion now, to show you how the main worker processor runs. There are two parts to it – the actual worker, written in PHP, and the script that keeps running it. For testing with return from

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Doing the work elsewhere – Asynchronous Message Queues

The use of Beanstalkd as a queueing system What is an asynchronous queue The classic wikipedia quote (Message queue) In computer science, message queues and mailboxes are software-engineering components used for interprocess communication, or for inter-thread communication within the same

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($me instanceOf ZCE) === true

Phew. That would have been embarrassing if I’d not passed my ZCE on Thursday afternoon (Jun 4th, 2009).

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